Fan Art Fridays: Drake

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So Drake is basically our hero of the week.

At the rapper’s concert this week in Sydney, Australia, he threatened an audience member for touching women inappropriately in the crowd.

What a creep!

He legit stopped the entire show to publicly embarrass this man, and I am so grateful for it. With all the crap that’s been going on with sexual assault, we need people like Drake to call out these creepers.

Like, did your parents never tell you not to touch random people in crowds, moreover in that way?!

As a thank you, I’ve decided to feature this cool Drake fan art by illustrator Ryan Simpson (@rtsimp) that I found over on Instagram. I love how he got the little curve design in Drake’s haircut just right!

Check out more of Ryan Simpson’s work at www.ryantsimpson.com!

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Roosevelt @ Mercury Lounge

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I saw Roosevelt live at Mercury Lounge with my friend Karina on Tuesday, September 28th, and it was by far the best concert I’ve ever attended.

The night began with me panicking because I couldn’t get a hold of Karina by cell and the opening act, Shallou, had already begun at 7.

She wasn’t answering her texts, phone calls, or Whatsapp messages (the app said she was last online at 6:28pm), which was enough to drive me crazy.

Shallou’s performance was filled with some really transient soft electro beats, which, like the last time I was at a concert at Mercury Lounge, made me a bit sleeping. I’m starting to hear a trend for opening acts here…

Anyway, Shallou ended close to 8pm and still nothing from Karina. I made my way closer to the stage, trying to tell myself that I’d enjoy the concert with or without her.

Meanwhile, there was an older man in the front jamming out to DJ Supermarkt. His dance moves were getting sort of dangerous, and the guys near me couldn’t stop staring in fear/amazement.

Then a guy in the audience asked how I found out about Roosevelt. I couldn’t remember exactly at the moment, but I said “Spotify.” Then later I remember it was, to be more specific, from Majestic Casual Chapter 2 on Spotify.

Then I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize. The voice sounded like Karina. It was. I made my way back to the door to give her the concert ticket so she could come in. She then explained that her phone doesn’t work anymore unless she has WiFi, so she didn’t have GPS and walked the wrong way.

Tragic.

Anyhow, Roosevelt was about to start so I didn’t want to waste time getting a drink in case we were about to miss him. The guy that had asked me earlier about how I found out about Roosevelt let go me back to where I was standing.

And then it happened. Marius, his drummer, and guitar guy walk onto the stage wearing white shirts and started playing “Intro” from the new self-titled album. Then they started the show with “Wait Up.”

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“That was like, the perfect song to start with,” Karina said.

Roosevelt went on to play more songs off the new album, including “Colours,” “Fever,” and “Moving On,” as well as old faves “Elliott” and “Hold On.”

When he played “Heart” and “Belong” I melted. So. Freaking. GOOD!

I must say, Roosevelt’s fans definitely know how to dance! There was the cutest young married couple to my left, and they were busting some serious moves. And then there was also that old guy too, who kept saying weird stuff like “Roosevelt in da house!” while dancing like a crazy person.

When the show ended with “Night Moves,” I was left wanting more. I couldn’t believe it was over.

Take me back to Roosevelt at Mercury Lounge!

He’s left the U.S. for now, but here are the rest of his international tour dates:
OCT 13 CH ZÜRICH PAPIERSAAL
OCT 14 DE MUNICH STROM
OCT 15 DE LEIPZIG WERK 2
OCT 17 DE COLOGNE STADTGARTEN
OCT 18 DE HAMBURG UEBEL & GEFAEHRLICH
OCT 21 AT VIENNA FM4 CLUB
OCT 29 DE DÜSSELDORF NEW FALL FESTIVAL
NOV 12 DK COPENHAGEN IDEAL BAR
NOV 15 NL AMSTERDAM MELKWEG
NOV 16 NL ROTTERDAM ROTOWN
NOV 17 FR PARIS BADABOUM
NOV 18 BE BRUSSELS BEURSSCHOUWBURG
NOV 22 UK BRIGHTON THE GREEN DOOR STORE
NOV 23 UK LONDON XOYO
NOV 25 UK GLASGOW BROADCAST
NOV 26 UK LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
NOV 27 UK MANCHESTER NIGHT & DAY
NOV 30 DE BERLIN LIDO
MAR 24 DE COLOGNE GLORIA

Neon Indian @ Webster Hall

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Wednesday night, my friend Karina and I attended a session of Neon Indian’s Night School.

This is the first time I went to a concert before hearing all the song’s from an artist’s upcoming album, and I was not disappointed.

Karina and I started the night out with some drinks. I got Sex on the Beach and she had Hpnotiq.

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Neon Indian’s opening acts were Hannah Cohen and Tamaryn. I’m not a fan of either of their music but they’re both very interesting performers. Hannah Cohen sang songs like “Fake It” and “Keepsake” with a very light, high ranged voice that’s always in slight discord. Tamaryn has more of a rockier shoegazing vibe, and she performed some songs off her album Cranekiss such as the album’s self titled track and “Hands All Over Me.”

Neon Indian came out in all white a little after 10PM. He played songs like “Annie,” “The Glitzy Hive,” and “C’est La Vie (say the casualites)” from his new album Vega Intl. Night School, as well as an old favorite, “Deadbeat Summer.”

At one point during the night he expressed his love for New York. “I spend a couple of months in California, and as soon as I got off the plane I was like ‘F*ck this, man. There’s no place better than New York.” He then proceeded to play my favorite on the new album, “Slumlord.”

He closed the show with “Polish Girl,” the first song I ever heard from Neon Indian. I was a little tipsy from my drink by then but I still danced like crazy. Karina and I couldn’t stop singing the song’s chorus on the way home from the show.

If you haven’t already listened to Neon Indian’s new album that just dropped on Friday, check it out over on Spotify!

Fan Art Fridays: Maroon 5

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This summer’s already starting to “hurt like a” … (you know the rest).

Turns out that Maroon 5 fans in China are being punished for band member Jesse Carmichael’s decision to wish the Dalai Lama a happy birthday over social media. (Don’t bother looking for the evidence on Instagram. It’s been deleted.)

That kind of thing doesn’t go over very well with Chinese officials. All the shows the band was set to play in China are now cancelled.

Looks like China isn’t giving Maroon 5 or their fans any “sugar” this summer.

I don’t think it’s fair to punish the fans for this. Freedom of speech man. Learn it, and if you don’t live it, accept that an AMERICAN band is going to practice it.

Jeez.

The sad news inspired me to post this dreamy piece of fan art I found of the band on Pinterest.

My heart goes out to the Chinese Maroon 5 fandoms.

View the original here.

Trails and Ways @ Mercury Lounge

Trails and Ways at Mercury Lounge on June 18th

Trails and Ways at Mercury Lounge on June 18th

So last week Thursday I went to my first 21+ concert at Mercury Lounge to see Trails and Ways! My friend Karina joined me, and we had so much fun.

Waterstrider opened the show at around 7pm with a song that started putting me to sleep (it was either “White Light” or “Calliope,” I really don’t remember. But then things got interesting when they played more upbeat songs like “Redwood” and “New Sun.”

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Waterstrider’s lead singer Nate Salman’s high range vocals are pretty impressive, and the group’s conga player Brijean Murphy is so cool. (Side note: It wasn’t until a few minutes ago that I realized Nate Salman is the singer featured on Le Sins’ “Why”. I freaking love that song! His vocal range is lower in “Why” than most of his songs for Waterstrider, so I had a hard time believing it was him. I had to actually watch a live video to be convinced!)

Waterstrider ended at around 7:30pm, and that’s when Karina and I decided to go get some food in our bodies to then get some alcohol. I wasn’t the one who got the drinks, but according to Karina, we were served cranberry vodka with fizz and a lime. It was delicious!

Trails and Ways came on at around 8:15pm. I was super hype. They opened with “Jacaranda,” one of the last singles released from Pathology.

The band also played some of my all time favorites, “Nunca,” “Tereza,” and “Say You Will.” When they played “Dream About Me,” Karina and I went nuts because we didn’t realize Ian Quirk was the one singing on that one when we heard it on the album. He is now my personal favorite of the band.

At one point during the show, Emma stopped to tell us about how she and Hannah went to buy fanny packs at a store in NYC that they had bought the same item from a few years ago.

“It’s basically like a pocket for your waist,” she said. Keith thanked her for that fashion update and kindly asked to move on.

Trails and Ways was amazing, and even though I was kind of saddened that they played their cover of “Sure Thing” instead of “Lost” for the encore, I absolutely loved the concert. They ended with “Vines” the last track on their latest album, (making the show’s ending even more melancholy than it needed to be).

Karina was all, “It’s not over, is it?”

Couldn’t have asked for a better night to celebrate my new 21+ concert-going life!

Photo Diary: Hofstra Fall Fest 2014

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Oh, what a weekend September 19-21 was.

On Saturday, I attended the last Fall Festival at Hofstra that I will ever attend before becoming Hofstra alumni. The Vibe Live concert and carnival was a totally mind blowing trip through the 80s all the way to the future and back.

I took tons of photos to remember it by, so here’s a photo diary of the 2014 Hofstra Fall Festival and Vibe Live Carnival, featuring Rubix Qube, TLC, Matt & Kim and Janelle Monae!

Parade of Floats

This year, Hofstra student-run organizations created Disney-themed floats. Game of Thrones won first place!

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Aladdin Float

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Rockin’ those “Thank You” signs!

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Our Fall Festival 2013 King and Queen, Justin and Rachel!

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Mascots Kate and Willie, followed by the cheerleaders

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Aladdin banner

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Cinderella banner

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Cinderella float (THE PUMPKIN WAS ON AUTOMATED ROTATION. WHUT.)

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The Princess and the Frog float. (Peep Emi in the red dress doing the Princess wave…)

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Lion King float

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Bollywood float

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Frozen float!

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Game of Thrones float (winning float!)

Student Performers

Imani Dance Ensemble and TransenDANCE tore up the stage following the Parade of Floats.

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TransenDANCE! (Aja’s hair tho!)

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Werk it, girl.

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Vibe Live Concert and Carnival

This year’s lineup was insane. Rubix Qube, 80s cover band made us reminisce, TLC made us proud to be 90s kids, Matt & Kim reminded us how cool it is to be weird and Janelle Monae put the electric in Electric Lady. The carnival rides were super fun, especially the Swinger in the cool September breeze.

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Video killed the radio star…

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Yes, that’s supposed to be Cher in FISHNETS. Cue male stage hands with smartphone cameras.

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I can imagine the person in that spacesuit melted from the heat. Honestly, that must have been torturous.

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Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls…

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T-boz is workin’ that blond side cut!

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Omj I love Chilli ❤

Our 2014 Fall Festival King and Queen, George C. and Hanna K.!

Our 2014 Fall Festival King and Queen, George C. and Hanna K.!

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Kim from Matt & Kim going batsh*t crazy and walking on the crowd.

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I did NOT ride the Zipper. Not about that life after that Astoria carnival in June -_- (Peep Aja’s poofy hair :p)

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The 2000! Wooooohooo!

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Aja looks so futuristic while on the Swinger.

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The moment we’d all been waiting for *squeels*

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Tip on the tight rope…

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I can has the cape, Mizz Monae?

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This one’s for the lovers. (PrimeTime)

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Electric Ladayyyyyyayayyyy!

I had way too much fun over the weekend. Why did it have to end?

Thank you, Hofstra University for bringing such awesome talent to homecoming over the past three years!

Capital Cities @ Pier 97 #Underwearness

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Last night, Capital Cities turned Pier 97 into a Kangaroo Court.

On Twitter last week I found out that Capital Cities would be having a free concert at Pier 97 in NYC on August 6th. If you’ve read my Sunshine Award 2014 post, you’ll know that I’ve really been wanting to see them live. This was my chance, because the concert wasn’t 21+.

So I RSVP’d and freaked out when it said the first 500 would be guaranteed entry. I decided to run out of work to see if I’d make it anyway.

I’m so glad I did, because I had a blast.

The concert was sponsored by Depend, a brand of adult underwear for those with bladder illnesses. The hashtags for the event were #Underwearness and #DropYourPants.

That meant that you’d have to #DropYourPants and don a pair of adult diapers to get into the VIP area.

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I was lucky enough to be let in to the VIP without doing so, thanks to Sebu Simonian who bargained with the security guards.

DJ Ruckus spinned some tracks for us while we waited for the show to start. He played hits like “Fancy” and “Turn Down For What” to get us all pumped.

Next up was some spoken word from Mighty Mike McGee. He shared some amazing love poems with us.

Then it was time for the #Underwearness fashion show.

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After we drooled over the hot models in adult diapers, Capital Cities took the stage.

The show opened with “Kangaroo Court.” Everybody went nuts, and the party was just getting started.

The band also played fan favorites “Origami,” “Farah Fawcett Hair,” and “I Sold My Bed But Not My Stereo.”

Sebu taught the crowd how to dance the “Capital Cities Shuffle” for the performance of “Centerstage.” They also let some of the VIP dance on stage with them!

The show ended with “One Minute More,” “Safe and Sound,” and a cover of Madonna’s “Holiday.”

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During “Holiday,” Sebu, Ryan and Spencer came down into the crowd. I got to touch Ryan and Sebu!

As the band said goodnight, an awesome EDM version of “Safe and Sound” played while the models came back out to dance in their underwear.

I had an amazing time. Thanks so much for the free concert, Depend!

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